Sri Lankan trio challenge International Cricket Council ban over corruption allegations

Avishka Gunawardene

Faced with suspension over allegation of match-fixing, three former Sri Lanka cricketers have appealed to the Geneva-based Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit’s (ACU) decision to proceed with the arbitration without giving a fair hearing.

Michael Beloff QC, Chair of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission dismissed trio’s challenge to jurisdiction and decline to lift the provisional suspensions issued on them, forcing them to seek redress in higher forums […] The arbitration at CAS will cost them handsomely but they want to restore their reputation and are represented by Chrishmal Warnasuriya, a senior lawyer.

Their Counsel has maintained that ICC doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear and determine these cases as the tournament in question–the T10 League of 2017–does not conform to the ICC definition of either “international” or “domestic” matches; it did not have ICC sanction; and ICC had not followed proper procedure in determining provisional suspension…

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